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The Chicken Roaster 

Kenny Rogers' Roasters sets up shop across the street from Jerry and Kramer's apartments. Unfortunately, their unusually large chicken sign causes problems for everybody. Kramer and Jerry ... See full summary »

Director:

Andy Ackerman

Writers:

Larry David (created by), Jerry Seinfeld (created by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jerry Seinfeld ... Jerry Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Elaine Benes
Michael Richards ... Cosmo Kramer
Jason Alexander ... George Costanza
Wayne Knight ... Newman
John O'Hurley ... J. Peterman
Mark Roberts Mark Roberts ... Seth
Kymberly Kalil Kymberly Kalil ... Heather
Michael D. Roberts ... Ipswich
Wesley Leong Wesley Leong ... Clerk
Christopher Aguilar ... Burmese Boy (as Christopher Aguilar)
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Kenny Rogers' Roasters sets up shop across the street from Jerry and Kramer's apartments. Unfortunately, their unusually large chicken sign causes problems for everybody. Kramer and Jerry wind up switching apartments--and personalities--because of it. Jerry is freaked out by a wooden doll in Kramer's apartment, and Newman gets Kramer hooked on Kenny Roger's chicken. Elaine gets comfortable in her position as president of the catalog but is quickly accused of abusing the company credit card, especially when she buys George an expensive hat and George purposefully leaves it at his girlfriend's apartment in hopes that it will score another date. Meanwhile, Jerry's old college friend has lunch with him and winds up getting fired; he takes a new job at the Chicken Roaster's. Written by halo1k

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1996 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Throughout the series, there are numerous references to Kramer's (Michael Richards) friend Bob Saccamano, but the character is never seen. He is real however as Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) talks to him over the phone and Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) buys a hat off him in this episode. See more »

Goofs

The clock George steals from Heather early on is just a clock, with no alarm function. When he meets up with Heather later on, an alarm goes off, letting Heather know George had her clock. The clock Goerge takes out of the bag has a mechanical alarm and is not the same clock he stole. See more »

Quotes

George Costanza: [sings to the tune of the By Mennen jingle] Co-Stanza!
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Connections

Spoofs Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Seinfeld Theme Song
Written by Jonathan Wolff
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1 July 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

Seinfeld

Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the creators, of the dream sitcom for every stand up artist is the milestone set as an example on how to use your humor as a part of narrative. The series was clearly ahead of its time and fixated within that time limit when it was aired- or maybe not even then. This is how the series both remains timeless and also fails to test against time. The concept of the series- in fact there is an episode, where the series takes an almost meta turn, whispering the secretive meeting held within the confound of NBC walls about the pitch- is to just joke, just talk, analyse with a mockery tone, bombing brutally on a subject from the most privileged position under that circumstances. There is no storyline, no character development, no arc, no rhythm to follow. Usually, a film like such becomes more than a film with such an idea; take the Life Of Brian series. And similarly the series refuses to participate in the expected or not even expected aspects of the storytelling.

There is no end, no beginning, it captures a brief period with an agenda in mind that you will have the time of your life. But this is where this coherent plan backfires. First the runtime itself. Something so monotonous cannot withhold its audience for nine years. It is simply preposterous. For the style of the joke, the humor, the vocab of these characters, if as-planned is intended to be the same, will grow natural or normal to the viewers. This makes the relationship between the viewers and the characters, similar to what the viewers have in the outer world, maybe a friend or a family member.

Basically it would never be interesting, sure some cases would come up, just as chapters does in here, but that too will carry the momentum of just that brief period of screentime. Another major challenge it faces is, in order to stay far away from the textbook sitcom structure, the character has to and does deny on getting on or blending in with the society. Now that's fine. But in order to last longer they had to create an unfair world that takes uncalled detours just for the laughs, ignoring both emotional and ethical aspect of it, resulting into a physical distance that you, as an audience, carry for the rest of the series. By the end, it gets difficult to survive and something so beloved, something so smart, Seinfeld is left under a dry heap of jokes.

The Chicken Roaster

Now that I think about it. I don't know why but some of the best episodes of the series consists of some food related topic hovering around the episode for it to really cracks up its audience. They had me at the personality switch itself.


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